General Session

Travis HowzeKeynote Speaker

Travis Howze is an internationally touring comedian and motivational speaker who spent 14 years in the military and emergency services as a U.S. Marine, Police Officer and Firefighter. Whether performing at corporate events and fundraisers to top comedy clubs, colleges and multiple tours overseas for the troops, Travis has become a comedic demand in multiple arena’s who always leaves his audiences craving more!

Known as the military and emergency services voice of comedy, the topics of Travis’ humor are limitless: from being raised in South Carolina to married life and fatherhood to his time in uniform and much more. Whether dodging bullets, chasing bad guys, running into burning buildings or just being a dad, Travis is always FUNNY UNDER FIRE! Appearing on Gotham Comedy Live, HULUTV’s Coming to the Stage, National Geographic and NBC’s Night Shift, Travis was dubbed “Artist To Watch” by Young Hollywood Magazine.

Not only is Travis the Author of the Best Selling book “Create Your Own Light, an autobiography of his life on “Finding Post Traumatic Purpose.” His album, “Reporting for Duty,” debuted at number 7 of top 100 comedy albums, and is in regular rotation on SiriusXm. IGNITING top level comedy stages for over a decade, he’s a comedian with an extremely unique and marketable edge that has never been seen before, thus allowing him to connect and develop a very loyal brotherhood style fan base of military, emergency services personnel and their supporters from all over.

In June of 2007 while working a furniture warehouse fire in Charleston, South Carolina, 9 of his brother firefighters tragically perished in the line of duty while rescuing a trapped civilian. Due to injuries that he sustained in that same fire, Travis was forced to leave the job that he truly loved.

Travis HowzeKeynote Speaker

Travis Howze is an internationally touring comedian and motivational speaker who spent 14 years in the military and emergency services as a U.S. Marine, Police Officer and Firefighter. Whether performing at corporate events and fundraisers to top comedy clubs, colleges and multiple tours overseas for the troops, Travis has become a comedic demand in multiple arena’s who always leaves his audiences craving more!

Known as the military and emergency services voice of comedy, the topics of Travis’ humor are limitless: from being raised in South Carolina to married life and fatherhood to his time in uniform and much more. Whether dodging bullets, chasing bad guys, running into burning buildings or just being a dad, Travis is always FUNNY UNDER FIRE! Appearing on Gotham Comedy Live, HULUTV’s Coming to the Stage, National Geographic and NBC’s Night Shift, Travis was dubbed “Artist To Watch” by Young Hollywood Magazine.

Not only is Travis the Author of the Best Selling book “Create Your Own Light, an autobiography of his life on “Finding Post Traumatic Purpose.” His album, “Reporting for Duty,” debuted at number 7 of top 100 comedy albums, and is in regular rotation on SiriusXm. IGNITING top level comedy stages for over a decade, he’s a comedian with an extremely unique and marketable edge that has never been seen before, thus allowing him to connect and develop a very loyal brotherhood style fan base of military, emergency services personnel and their supporters from all over.

In June of 2007 while working a furniture warehouse fire in Charleston, South Carolina, 9 of his brother firefighters tragically perished in the line of duty while rescuing a trapped civilian. Due to injuries that he sustained in that same fire, Travis was forced to leave the job that he truly loved.

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Lecture Series

Sean DuffyLecture Series

Sean Duffy is a 16-year veteran of the fire service and has worked for both County and City departments. He is currently a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Venice in South West Florida. Sean is a Co-Founder of Build Your Culture LLC. and developed the courses entitled “Searchable vs. Survivable- Educational Decision Making on the Fire ground” and “Build Your Culture- Professionalism or Minimalism. He has an Associates in Fire Science and is also a State of Florida Fire Instructor, Fire Officer 1 and Live Fire Training Instructor. Sean is an active member the Marion County Fools Chapter (McFools) and enjoys being a student of the craft as well as passing on knowledge gained from real world experiences.

Sean DuffyLecture Series

Sean Duffy is a 16-year veteran of the fire service and has worked for both County and City departments. He is currently a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Venice in South West Florida. Sean is a Co-Founder of Build Your Culture LLC. and developed the courses entitled “Searchable vs. Survivable- Educational Decision Making on the Fire ground” and “Build Your Culture- Professionalism or Minimalism. He has an Associates in Fire Science and is also a State of Florida Fire Instructor, Fire Officer 1 and Live Fire Training Instructor. Sean is an active member the Marion County Fools Chapter (McFools) and enjoys being a student of the craft as well as passing on knowledge gained from real world experiences.

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Pablo GenerLecture Series

Pablo Gener
-13 year veteran of the fire service
-Special ops team experience
-Instructor at Marion County training division
-Peer fitness trainer Marion County health and wellness center.
-Multiple fire conferences and FOOLS event across the nation both attended and instructed.
-FOOLS member since 2008

Pablo GenerLecture Series

Pablo Gener
-13 year veteran of the fire service
-Special ops team experience
-Instructor at Marion County training division
-Peer fitness trainer Marion County health and wellness center.
-Multiple fire conferences and FOOLS event across the nation both attended and instructed.
-FOOLS member since 2008

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Anthony GillamLecture Series

Anthony Gillam is the Lieutenant of E24 in Marion County Florida and has been in the fire service since 2005. He is a state of Florida certified instructor and is part of Marion County Fire Rescues instructor cadre for new hires and ongoing education. Anthony has spent the last 5 years as an instructor for the Orlando Fire Conference rescue site and also teaches RIT, firefighter survival and search in other parts of Florida. He is a United States Marine Corps veteran and has been heavily involved with the FOOLS including serving as the Marion County chapter president for the last 8 years. Antony is an avid student of the fire service and is all about honing our craft and helping others do the same. He is deeply involved in positive and proactive leadership, while being well versed in VES, forcible entry and an advocate for an aggressive search culture and Engine work.

Anthony GillamLecture Series

Anthony Gillam is the Lieutenant of E24 in Marion County Florida and has been in the fire service since 2005. He is a state of Florida certified instructor and is part of Marion County Fire Rescues instructor cadre for new hires and ongoing education. Anthony has spent the last 5 years as an instructor for the Orlando Fire Conference rescue site and also teaches RIT, firefighter survival and search in other parts of Florida. He is a United States Marine Corps veteran and has been heavily involved with the FOOLS including serving as the Marion County chapter president for the last 8 years. Antony is an avid student of the fire service and is all about honing our craft and helping others do the same. He is deeply involved in positive and proactive leadership, while being well versed in VES, forcible entry and an advocate for an aggressive search culture and Engine work.

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Bill GustinLecture Series

Bill Gustin is a 48-year veteran of the Fire Service and is a Captain on the Miami-Dade County Fire-Rescue Dept. He began his career in the Chicago area where he was firefighter for 5 years before taking a position with Miami-Dade. He is a lead instructor in Miami-Dade’s officer development program and an author and technical editor of Fire Engineering Magazine. He is an instructor at FDIC and conducts training programs throughout the United States and Canada.

Bill GustinLecture Series

Bill Gustin is a 48-year veteran of the Fire Service and is a Captain on the Miami-Dade County Fire-Rescue Dept. He began his career in the Chicago area where he was firefighter for 5 years before taking a position with Miami-Dade. He is a lead instructor in Miami-Dade’s officer development program and an author and technical editor of Fire Engineering Magazine. He is an instructor at FDIC and conducts training programs throughout the United States and Canada.

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Rob RamirezLecture Series

Capt. Rob Ramirez has been a student of the fire service for over 20 years. He is also a Rescue Team Manager for the Dept. of Homeland Security F.E.M.A. U.S.A.R. Florida Task Force 2 since 2006, and has been on many high profile F.E.M.A. U.S.A.R. deployments including the Haiti earthquake of 2010, and Hurricane Katrina. Rob is a lead Fire, Military, and Special Operations Instructor for National Rescue Consultants, an all hazards national training company based out of West Palm Beach Florida. He is a former Coral Spring (Fl.) Fire Academy Instructor, and a founding member of the Firefighter Advanced Survival Techniques program. Rob is the currently the lead Firefighter Survival program Instructor at the annual Fort Lauderdale Fire Expo, an Engine Company (MEGA) Instructor at the Orlando Fire Conference (OFC), and the Metro Atlanta Firefighter Conference (MAFFC). Throughout his fire service career Rob has held the rank of Firefighter, Paramedic, Lieutenant, Dept. Training Officer, and Captain. Rob is currently assigned to the operations division on a busy urban suppression company in Broward County, Florida.

Rob RamirezLecture Series

Capt. Rob Ramirez has been a student of the fire service for over 20 years. He is also a Rescue Team Manager for the Dept. of Homeland Security F.E.M.A. U.S.A.R. Florida Task Force 2 since 2006, and has been on many high profile F.E.M.A. U.S.A.R. deployments including the Haiti earthquake of 2010, and Hurricane Katrina. Rob is a lead Fire, Military, and Special Operations Instructor for National Rescue Consultants, an all hazards national training company based out of West Palm Beach Florida. He is a former Coral Spring (Fl.) Fire Academy Instructor, and a founding member of the Firefighter Advanced Survival Techniques program. Rob is the currently the lead Firefighter Survival program Instructor at the annual Fort Lauderdale Fire Expo, an Engine Company (MEGA) Instructor at the Orlando Fire Conference (OFC), and the Metro Atlanta Firefighter Conference (MAFFC). Throughout his fire service career Rob has held the rank of Firefighter, Paramedic, Lieutenant, Dept. Training Officer, and Captain. Rob is currently assigned to the operations division on a busy urban suppression company in Broward County, Florida.

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Jimm WalshLecture Series
Jimm WalshLecture Series
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Leadership & Command Series

Jay BlakeLeadership/Command Series

Jason “Jay” Blake is a 35+ year member of the fire service. He is currently a Battalion Chief for Montgomery County (MD) Fire/Rescue where he has worked for 22 years. Jay previously worked in Virginia and New York in career, volunteer and combination departments and still volunteers in Christiana Delaware.

Jay BlakeLeadership/Command Series

Jason “Jay” Blake is a 35+ year member of the fire service. He is currently a Battalion Chief for Montgomery County (MD) Fire/Rescue where he has worked for 22 years. Jay previously worked in Virginia and New York in career, volunteer and combination departments and still volunteers in Christiana Delaware.

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Scott ChappellLeadership/Command Series

Scott Chappell is the US&R and Haz Mat Program Coordinator for the State Fire Marshal at the Florida State Fire College. He entered the fire service in 1993 and has been working at the Florida State Fire College since 2000. Scott now coordinates Florida’s eight US&R Task Forces, thirty Regional Hazardous Materials Teams, and fifty Technical Rescue Teams, and seven Mutual Aid Radio Cache (MARC) Units. Scott deployed to the State EOC where he operated as US&R Specialist for Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew and as US&R Coordinator for Hurricanes Irma, Michael, and Dorian. Additionally, Scott deployed to the State (FL) Logistics Response Center warehouse where he served as Florida’s Deputy Logistics Section Chief during COVID-19. He is a Captain with Marion County Fire Rescue where he serves as the C-Shift District 5 Command Officer, the C-Shift Special Operations Officer, and a Task Force Leader with Florida US&R Task Force 8. Scott has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Barry University, and is currently enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.

Scott ChappellLeadership/Command Series

Scott Chappell is the US&R and Haz Mat Program Coordinator for the State Fire Marshal at the Florida State Fire College. He entered the fire service in 1993 and has been working at the Florida State Fire College since 2000. Scott now coordinates Florida’s eight US&R Task Forces, thirty Regional Hazardous Materials Teams, and fifty Technical Rescue Teams, and seven Mutual Aid Radio Cache (MARC) Units. Scott deployed to the State EOC where he operated as US&R Specialist for Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew and as US&R Coordinator for Hurricanes Irma, Michael, and Dorian. Additionally, Scott deployed to the State (FL) Logistics Response Center warehouse where he served as Florida’s Deputy Logistics Section Chief during COVID-19. He is a Captain with Marion County Fire Rescue where he serves as the C-Shift District 5 Command Officer, the C-Shift Special Operations Officer, and a Task Force Leader with Florida US&R Task Force 8. Scott has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Barry University, and is currently enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.

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Larry DoellingLeadership/Command Series

Captain Lawrence Doelling retired from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in November of 2019, after more than 28 years of service. Early in his career he was assigned to Special Operations, where he spent 10 years. He was promoted to Captain in 2002. The majority of his service has been in busy Fire Stations with high operational tempos and spirited crews. For nearly three years, Captain Doelling was assigned to the Training Division as the Professional Development Officer.

Larry DoellingLeadership/Command Series

Captain Lawrence Doelling retired from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in November of 2019, after more than 28 years of service. Early in his career he was assigned to Special Operations, where he spent 10 years. He was promoted to Captain in 2002. The majority of his service has been in busy Fire Stations with high operational tempos and spirited crews. For nearly three years, Captain Doelling was assigned to the Training Division as the Professional Development Officer.

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Robert KrauseLeadership/Command Series

Bob Krause, a Battalion Chief in Toledo, Ohio, has over 37 years of experience working in emergency services. He's an active firefighter, fire officer, paramedic, EMS instructor, firefighting instructor, lecturer, researcher and published author. He has held positions as an Engine Company Officer, Fire Training Officer, Fire & EMS Academy Program Director, Fire & EMS Communications Supervisor, Chief of Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Medical Services Educator. Bob is currently assigned to Battalion One, in Toledo’s busiest fire district. Dr. Krause's doctoral research focused on firefighter fatalities, identifying common themes, related causes and the development of potential methods to minimize the risk of a fatal incident for firefighters. As an author, Dr. Krause's work has been published in professional journals, magazines and textbooks.

Robert KrauseLeadership/Command Series

Bob Krause, a Battalion Chief in Toledo, Ohio, has over 37 years of experience working in emergency services. He's an active firefighter, fire officer, paramedic, EMS instructor, firefighting instructor, lecturer, researcher and published author. He has held positions as an Engine Company Officer, Fire Training Officer, Fire & EMS Academy Program Director, Fire & EMS Communications Supervisor, Chief of Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Medical Services Educator. Bob is currently assigned to Battalion One, in Toledo’s busiest fire district. Dr. Krause's doctoral research focused on firefighter fatalities, identifying common themes, related causes and the development of potential methods to minimize the risk of a fatal incident for firefighters. As an author, Dr. Krause's work has been published in professional journals, magazines and textbooks.

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Walter LewisLeadership/Command Series

Walter Lewis has been involved in the fire service since 1990, the last 25 years with the Orlando Fire Department. He presently serves as District 1, in downtown Orlando. Chief Lewis has been involved with instructing and presenting programs at a variety of fire service venues and institutions since 1999, among which have been FDIC and the Orlando Fire Conference and is a continual student of the fire service.

Walter LewisLeadership/Command Series

Walter Lewis has been involved in the fire service since 1990, the last 25 years with the Orlando Fire Department. He presently serves as District 1, in downtown Orlando. Chief Lewis has been involved with instructing and presenting programs at a variety of fire service venues and institutions since 1999, among which have been FDIC and the Orlando Fire Conference and is a continual student of the fire service.

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Gerald "Jerry" TracyLeadership/Command Series

Chief Tracy, retired Battalion Commander, having served 31 years with the FDNY. Acknowledged for developing numerous training programs presented at the FDNY academy for all ranks including Chief Officers. Attributes for the revising of many procedural documents for the FDNY. There are numerous articles authored by Chief Tracy and published in the FDNY’s training publication WNYF (With New York Firefighters), Fire Engineering and Fire House magazines. Chief Tracy was the catalyst to bring about the live fire research conducted by NIST and NYU Polytechnic Institute to better understand Fire (behavior) Dynamics in High Rise Buildings with emphasis on Wind Impacted Fires. Further research conducted were methods to achieve Smoke Management and Control enhancing the life safety for building occupants. That included stairwell pressurization with portable fans (PPV). He was a keynote speaker at the FDIC conference in 2007, hosted by Fire Engineering Magazine and recipient of the “Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2016.

Gerald "Jerry" TracyLeadership/Command Series

Chief Tracy, retired Battalion Commander, having served 31 years with the FDNY. Acknowledged for developing numerous training programs presented at the FDNY academy for all ranks including Chief Officers. Attributes for the revising of many procedural documents for the FDNY. There are numerous articles authored by Chief Tracy and published in the FDNY’s training publication WNYF (With New York Firefighters), Fire Engineering and Fire House magazines. Chief Tracy was the catalyst to bring about the live fire research conducted by NIST and NYU Polytechnic Institute to better understand Fire (behavior) Dynamics in High Rise Buildings with emphasis on Wind Impacted Fires. Further research conducted were methods to achieve Smoke Management and Control enhancing the life safety for building occupants. That included stairwell pressurization with portable fans (PPV). He was a keynote speaker at the FDIC conference in 2007, hosted by Fire Engineering Magazine and recipient of the “Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2016.

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